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Department of Chemistry
Phone: (208)885-6552
Fax: (208)885-6173
Renfrew Hall
804 Rayburn, Rm 116

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr, MS 2343
Moscow, ID 83844-2343

Graduate Admission

Application Process

Applications to the Chemistry Graduate Program are free of charge.
The process involves two steps: 1) Pre-Screening Application, 2) Formal Application.

Relevant Dates

Step Fall Start Date Spring Start Date
Review of pre-screening applications begins February 1 September 15
Applicants notified of fee waivers February 15 October 1
Review of formal applications begins March 1 October 15
Applicants notified of official admissions decision March to May October to November
Semester start dates Mid August Early January

I. Pre-Screening Application

Applicant sends an email to the Department of Chemistry ( with the following documents attached:

  1. Pre-Screening and Application Fee Waiver Form’ (PDF document)
  2. All higher education academic transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient)
    Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation. PDF files are the preferred document format.
NOTE: Minimum qualifications required by our department for graduate admission are as follows:
    1. GPA score > 3.0 (for domestic applicants)
    2. GRE Quantitative Reasoning > 50th percentile (required for international applicants only)
    3. Minimum TOEFL score of 79 or an equivalent language proficiency test accepted by Graduate Admissions (required only for applicants from countries where English is not the official language)

II. Formal Application

Applicants selected in pre-screening are notified by email and encouraged to submit a formal admissions application to the Graduate Admissions Office. No application fee is charged for selected applicants. Applicants complete an online application form and submit official supporting documents by mail. Final admissions decisions are made based on evaluation of formal applications.

Applicants who are not selected in pre-screening are also notified by email. These applicants (or students who may wish to skip the pre-screening process) may still choose to submit a formal application (with fee payment) directly to Graduate Admissions. All applicants will be given equal consideration by the departmental graduate admissions committee based on their formal application.

The formal application process is detailed below:

  1. Complete the formal online application
  2. Submit the following documents via mail to: Graduate Admissions, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019, Moscow, ID 83844-3019. 
    1. All higher education transcripts and academic credentials (official)
    2. Three letters of recommendation (sealed envelopes)
    3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    4. Statement of career objectives
    5. GRE official results (not required for US applicants from ACS accredited institutions, but encouraged)
    6. TOEFL official results (or an equivalent language proficiency test accepted by Graduate Admissions; required only for applicants from countries where English is not the official language; minimum TOEFL score of 79)
      - These applicants must also pass a telephone test of spoken English (arranged by Department of Chemistry after review of formal applications)

More information about the formal application process is available on the Graduate Admissions website.

We look forward to reviewing your application and sincerely hope to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Department of Chemistry as a graduate student!